October November 2018

BOC 90


Continuing History of the ASCP Board of Certification (formerly Board of Registry)

In 1963, the Laboratory Aide certification, which failed to mature following World War II, was transformed into the Certified Laboratory Assistant (CLA) certification, becoming the second generalist level certification offered by the Board of Registry. In 1991, the 300,000th certificant was awarded certification and the computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) testing algorithm was developed and a model CAT test site was set up at the ASCP offices in Chicago.

Read about the continuing history of the ASCP Board of Certification from 1963 through 1993.

View a video showing the evolution of the Board of Certification over the last 90 years.


Watch for 2019 Program Performance Report Invoices on Oct. 29*

Emails with a link to access the 2019 Program Performance Report (PPR) invoices will be sent to all program directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES accredited/approved programs as well as BOC recognized structured phlebotomy training programs on Oct. 29, 2018. The invoice amount is $150 and covers the period of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. Payment instructions are included on the invoice.

Please note that you will need to pay the invoice by Jan. 1, 2019, to access data for previous years. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Blake at


Update from the Board of Governors Meeting

The Board of Certification Board of Governors met in Baltimore on Oct. 6 and 7. The following actions were taken by the Board:

Revisions to eligibility requirements:

  • International Cytotechnologist (Route 2) – The successful completion of the national examination in countries where a national registry for Cytotechnology exists was eliminated as it creates an additional requirement based solely on country of origin.
    (See International CT eligibility requirements.)
  • Diplomate in Laboratory Management (Route 4) – The number of years of full time acceptable experience in clinical laboratory supervision has been changed from two to four within the last eight years instead of five to increase the knowledge base for this route. Effective January 1, 2021
    (See DLM eligibility requirements.)
  • Specialist in Molecular Biology (Route 3) –Potential areas of experience have been added as they were inadvertently omitted.
    (See SMB eligibility requirements.)
  • International Phlebotomy Technician (Routes 1 & 3) – The number of required unaided blood collections has been increased from 50 to 100 to remain consistent with the US eligibility routes. Effective January 1, 2020
    (See International PBT eligibility requirements.)
  • Qualification in Apheresis (Route 6 & 7) – The time frame of "within the last five years" was added for documented training as it was inadvertently omitted. In addition, an eligibility route has been added to include High school graduates (or equivalent) who have five years of full-time, acceptable experience in apheresis within the last 10 years to encompass the entire cadre of people demonstrating competence in apheresis.
    (See QIA eligibility requirements.)


MLS and MLT Practice Analyses Results Now Available

The results of the latest Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Practice Analyses are now available on the BOC website: MLT & MLS Practice Analysis Report


MLS and MLT Revised Examination Content Guidelines Now Available

Examination Content Guidelines for MLS and MLT examinations administered beginning Jan. 1, 2019, have been revised. The revised content guidelines are currently available on the BOC web page under Applicant Resources for each category.


Access to Program Performance Reports (PPR) for Faculty

We have listened to your feedback and are now able to add multiple users from an institution to access PPR data for your program. If there is someone other than the Program Director who should also have access to the PPR information, please email with the name of the institution, school code, and name and email address of individuals who should be added. Please note that the Program Director will remain the only person able to access the EEV (Exam Eligibility Verification) to verify students' completion of the program.


Important - Program Changes

Please be sure to notify the BOC office if any of your program information changes, such as your email address, program status, program director, or mailing address. Please notify Kristin Blake at For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at


Important Information for Students in California and New York - Revised

Please ensure that your students become certified and complete the examination for licensure by applying for Certification and Licensure on the online application. If students apply for licensure only, they will be required to reapply for certification and take the certification examination. By applying for and taking the certification examination, their examination scores are acceptable for licensure in California and New York. All other state licensure requirements must be met to obtain state licensure. For additional information, see the CA and NY NAACLS student information form.



Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations

Brief explanations on a variety of topics related to the BOC certification examinations are available at Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations.


Do You Have Students Missing From Your PPR or EEV Reports? *

When your students complete the online application, please remind them to use the drop-down list of programs to select the program they completed. When students enter the name manually, the school is not recognized, and these students' names will not appear on your PPR or EEV reports. If your program is not listed, please let us know immediately by contacting Kristin Blake at


Determining Your Students' Examination Eligibility and Transcripts*

For information on determining your students' eligibility and transcript requirements, details on these topics are provided at Students' Eligibility and Transcript Requirements.


Applicants Requesting Modifications Due to a Disability

If any of your students require a modification due to a disability, we request that your students notify our office in writing at the time of application. Complete information regarding documentation is available on the website.


User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

Please see the User's Guide for Program Performance Reports for all the latest information on accessing and using the PPRs to your program's best advantage.


How to Locate Your Certification Number

If you need to locate your certification number, you may access it by logging into your record and clicking on "Home Page" under "My BOC Activities." Then click on the "View Certifications" link.

If you require primary source verification of your certification, this information is available at Verification of Certification. There is a $16 charge for this service.




Board of Certification Contacts:

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions or concerns regarding:

U.S. application processing

Angie Nunn at

Wall Certificates/Credential Maintenance

Julie Mueller at 312.541.4940

Program Performance Reports (PPR) and
Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV)
login issues (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at 312.541.4949 or

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at

Program Director inquiries (U.S. only)

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